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Dustin Poirier Talks Conor McGregor Loss, Believes he Can Still Beat Rising Featherweight

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Heading into UFC 178, ¬†Dustin Poirier repeatedly argued he had what it takes to halt¬†Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise, and “The Diamond” evidently still feels the same way.

Poirier, and many others, believed the well rounded featherweight would serve as a stern test for McGregor, but the latter ended up stopping him in under two minutes. Poirier recently appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” to talk about the defeat, which ended his three fight winning streak and dropped him to #6 in the UFC’s rankings.

After reassuring observers that he was well prepared for the fight, and that he had trained “harder” than ever, here is some of what Poirier had to say about loss and McGregor (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I never thought he was going to be an easy fight, or thought that he wasn’t good. I knew that he was a good fighter and he’s here for a reason, but I still think I can beat him,” Poirier said. “That night just wasn’t my night, and I didn’t get a chance to fight him. I got hurt early and he put me away quick, and it sucks because I really trained and was prepared to fight and beat him, and I still think I can.

“Of course I’ve moved past it,” Poirier added. “But at the same time, he’s still in this weight class with me and we’re both still young, and we’re probably going to fight again one day.”

Poirier also added that he doesn’t think McGregor can beat Jose Aldo, but noted it’s possible, if “Notorious” can capitalize on any mistake the champ makes.

The American Top Team fighter also shares the opinion of many others, that McGregor has been booked for a very “favorable fight” with Dennis Siver. That bout will go down at UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18th.

So, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Poirier, and how he rebounds from the loss. There is no shortage of top tier talent in the 145 division, so chances are Poirier will face another tough challenge in his next bout.

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